Find of the Week: 1981 Toyota Dualie Pickup with Matching Fifth-Wheel Camper
Conversion Cab, Perfect Interior Make This Nostalgia Wagon a Dream
File this under stuff you don’t see every day. Or ever, for that matter.
For sale in an eBay auction is a 1981 Toyota pickup with a custom extended cab, lengthened wheelbase, dual rear wheels, and matching fifth-wheel camper. It’s a combination we’ve never seen before, and we can’t believe how much we want it. What’s more, the truck has just 21,000 miles on the clock, and the whole package looks like it was maintained extremely well.
Tan paint and orange stripes are a classic color combination for any Toyota truck of a certain vintage, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Its paint carries the same kiln-fired sheen of any other vehicle from the early ’80s, and the jazzy stripes liven up the bland-but- beautiful paint color. The big deviation from any other Toyota pickup is the massive extended cab section that houses some pretty cushy-looking tufted velour seats that match the fronts. The big rear window and skylight would make those back seats an airy place to pass the time.
But if it’s space you’re after, look no further than this Toyota’s package-deal camper, which looks perfect attached to the fifth-wheel hitch. The trailer’s interior looks very nice, if seriously dated. Wood veneers cover the insides, but a queen-size bed in the attic looks like a very cozy place to laze away at the campsite. A sink, refrigerator, and gas range provide all the necessities for easy off-grid living, and a lavatory with a shower, toilet, and sink complete the package. A shallow draft on the camper’s attic proves it was designed to be pulled by the uniquely low Toyota, so don’t bid if all you want to do is pull the trailer behind your much taller Chevy.
There’s no doubt the low-mileage Toyota 22R engine would have a difficult time pulling the trailer, regardless of how light the camper might be compared to other fifth-wheel trailers. With less than 100 hp on tap, climbing any sort of grade will be a feat of patience, as well as an exercise in downshifting the five-speed manual early and often. Then again, these motors are near-bulletproof, so even with a massive load in tow, the next owner should feel free to flog away.
We want this truck-and-trailer combination more than just about anything, even with its wacky styling and profound lack of power. Driven at a moderate pace, it would be a great way to see the country. If you want it, bid now, because you'll probably never find one for sale again.
Image Source: Courtesy of the owners, via eBay